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Faldo rules himself out of Seve Cup

Nick Faldo has ruled himself out of contention for the Seve Ballesteros Trophy match between Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe at Sunningdale.

Captain Colin Montgomerie had intended to monitor Faldo's form at next weeks US Masters. But Faldo, says he is committed to the MCI Classic in South Carolina and is not available.

"I've worked out my schedule for the whole year - I've got to play 15 US Tour events to keep my membership," said the 42-year-old.

"When I play I want to play well and I don't want to cross the Atlantic any more than I have to.

"I've worked hard to get it right. I've got my holidays booked and I'm afraid I'd have to say 'no' if Monty does offer me a spot."

Montgomeri, said: "I'd be stupid not to wait for the Masters before deciding who to pick.

"If Sandy or Nick or Ian do well then obviously I'd like to have them in my team."

Faldo also understood that he would be the captain rather than Montgomerie.

"Seve called my manager John Simpson about it, and John told me Seve would then call me. I waited in, but the call didn't come.

"The next thing I hear is the announcement that Monty is captain and the match is at Sunningdale rather than Chart Hills (the Faldo-designed course in Kent) or Woburn, which is where I thought it was going to be. It was crazy.

"I like the idea of the match, but I think the ideal time would be a month before the Ryder Cup."

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